Startup Tea Talk is the new series of events I am hosting. In each event, we will feature 2 amazing speakers who is a successful Founders or a great investor. “Startup Tea Talk” is set to inspire hundreds of thousands of founders worldwide. There will be around 70-150 attendees onsite (Depends on venue).
Here are the speakers tentatively confirmed speaks at our March and April Startup Tea Talk
- 3/21 Sam Santhosh, Medgenome Labs
- Josh Elman, Partner, Greylock
- Louay Eldada, CEO and Co-founder, Quanergy
- Doug Renert, Co-founder and Partner, Tandem Capital
- Duncan Logan, Founder & CEO Rocket Space
- Adam Draper, Boost VC
- William Santana Li, Chairman and CEO, Knightscope, Inc.
- Sunil Kurkure, Intel Capital
- Duncan Davidson, Managing Partner, Bullpen Capital
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Speaker bio of some of the confirmed speakers
Josh joined the team in 2011 and invests in entrepreneurs building new consumer products and services. Josh specializes in designing, building, and scaling consumer products, having been part of multiple companies that have grown to more than 100 million users.
Before joining Greylock, Josh spent 15 years in product and engineering roles at leading companies in social, commerce, and media. Josh was the product lead for growth and relevance at Twitter, growing Twitter’s active user base by nearly 10x. Prior to Twitter, Josh worked on the platform at Facebook and led the launch of Facebook Connect. Josh was an early employee at LinkedIn and helped establish early models for user growth and launched v1 of LinkedIn Jobs. Josh also held roles leading product management for Zazzle, and product and engineering for RealJukebox and RealPlayer at RealNetworks.
Josh currently serves on the boards of Medium, Discord, Musical.ly (observer), Life On Air (makers of Houseparty), Operator, and Jelly. Josh also works closely with our investments in Nextdoor and Whosay. Josh led Greylock’s investment in SmartThings, which was acquired by Samsung in 2014.
Josh holds a BS in Symbolic Systems with a focus on Human Computer Interaction from Stanford University.
6:35 Fireside Chat two: Doug, Co-founder Tandem Capital
An entrepreneur now helping other entrepreneurs build successful businesses. Launched Tandem in 2007 as Silicon Valley’s mobile industry accelerator fund to work side-by-side with great founding teams, investing our sweat and funds to increase their odds of success. http://www.tandemcap.com I’ve always focused on building business value through relationships. Started my career as a corporate attorney with Gray Cary (now DLA Piper), where I was first exposed to startups and quickly learned that I could be of more use on the business side of the table.
Duncan Logan (@duncanlogan) is the founder and CEO of RocketSpace, an open innovation campus in the heart of San Francisco.
Over the last two years, Duncan’s passion for helping tech startups has fueled the success of more than 200 companies on the RocketSpace campus including Uber, Leap Motion, Snip.it, Podio, DOMO, and Beatport.
He firmly believes that startups can’t thrive in isolation and they are a product of their environment. RocketSpace surrounds its companies with the fuel they need to grow: speakers, classes, mentoring, recruiting, financing, HR, community events, venture capital, and more. Today, RocketSpace is home to more than 130 tech companies and a thriving corporate innovation program. Collectively, RocketSpace members and alumni have raised more than $1.8 billion in funding.
Duncan was born and raised near St. Andrews, Scotland and began his professional career working in derivatives at Swiss Bank Corporation in London. At 24, he started his first company, CITYPRO International, which he built to $8 million in revenue over a three year period, before selling to ASAP Plc in 2000, where he went on to become group managing director. In 2002, Duncan joined MessageLabs, an early SAAS security company, which he helped to build until it was sold to Symantec in 2008 for $700 million. He made the move to San Francisco in 2008.
Duncan is a good skier, an average runner and on weekends can be found renewing his frustration with golf.
Louay Eldada, CEO and Co-founder, Quanergy
Louay Eldada is CEO and co-founder of Quanergy Systems, Inc. Dr. Eldada is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Quanergy is his fourth start-up. Dr. Eldada is a technical business leader with a proven track record at both small and large companies and with 70 patents, is a recognized expert in nanotechnology, photonic integrated circuits and advanced optoelectronics. Prior to Quanergy, he was CSO of SunEdison, after serving as CTO of HelioVolt, which was acquired by SK Energy. Dr. Eldada was earlier CTO of DuPont Photonic Technologies, formed by the acquisition of Telephotonics where he was founding CTO. His first job was at Honeywell, where he started the Telecom Photonics business and sold it to Corning. He studied business administration at Harvard, MIT and Stanford, and holds a Ph.D. in optical engineering from Columbia University.
Sam Santhosh, Founder & Chairman of MedGenome Inc
Sam Santhosh is the Founder & Chairman of MedGenome Inc, a Genetic Diagnostic and Research company with labs in San Francisco, USA and Bangalore, India. Sam is also the Promoter & CEO of SciGenom Inc. – a genomics R & D organization that conducts research work aimed at understanding the role of DNA sequence variation in all living things.
Sam was the CEO and Managing Director of California Software Limited (Calsoft) from 1992 –Feb 2012. He founded Calsoft in 1992 and under Sam’s vision Calsoft rapidly grew from a niche player in the Silicon Valley to a global player with over 1200 employees and presence in 8 countries. Sam took Calsoft Public and listed the company in the Indian Stock Exchanges. Sam oversaw the growth of Calsoft in all key areas – Finance, Strategy, Customer acquisition and inorganic growth through eight acquisitions including companies in U.S, UK, Japan and India.
Sam is passionate about science and technology and believes that harnessing the power of science is critical to innovation and wealth creation. Just as technology was the key driver of business in the 20th century, he believes that science will directly drive economic development as well as social and environmental well-being in the 21st century. It is this strong belief that has led him to make the move from Software Services where he spent the first 20 years of his career to a future that blends Science and Technology with Business.
Duncan Davidson, Bullpen Capital
Duncan is a serial entrepreneur who most notably founded Covad Communications (the leading independent DSL provider, went public and reached a market value of $9B) and Sky Pilot Networks (developer of outdoor wireless mesh systems, acquired by Trillium in 2009 for connectivity to smart meters). He served as the SVP of Business Development at InterTrust and led the IPO in 1999 and the secondary in 2000 (InterTrust reached a $9B market value in 2000). He spent four years as a managing director at VantagePoint Venture Partners where he focused on digital media and telecom investments including Widevine (acquired by Google) and Livescribe.
Prior to Bullpen, he co-founded one of the first mobile social app companies, Xumii, later sold to Myriad Group and now powering over 200M users in the developing world. At Bullpen he focuses on mobile and consumer Internet investments, and sits on the boards of DoubleDutch, SendHub, and Proformative. Key investments include Byliner, PaidPiper and Twenty20. He received a Sc.B. in physics/math from Brown University, with Honors, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Michigan Law School, where he was Order of the Coif and a member of the Law Review.
Adam Draper,founder and managing director of Boost VC.
Adam is a 2x entrepreneur and a 4th generation venture capitalist. In 2009, the same year that Adam graduated from UCLA, he founded Xpert Financial, a secondary market for private securities. After settling millions of dollars in private security transactions and becoming a registered broker dealer, he left Xpert Financial in late 2012 and began angel investing, where he backed such startups as Coinbase, Plangrid and Earnest. Currently his portfolio of investments is valued at more than $1.5B.
Adam then partnered up with Brayton Williams and to change the face of global startup mentorship. The focus of Boost VC on future technology development stems from Adam Draper’s dream to create an Iron Man suit.
William Santana Li, Chairman and CEO, Knightscope, Inc.
Mr. William Santana Li, also known as Bill, serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Knightscope, Inc. Mr. Li serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carbon Motors Corporation. Mr. Li served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Build-To-Order, Inc. He joined Model E Corporation in November 1999, following an eight-year career with Ford Motor Company where he held a range of engineering, marketing, and development positions. During his
Sunil Kurkure, Investment Director, Intel Capital
Sunil is Director at Intel Capital focusing on investments for Software and Services including cloud infrastructure, vertical industries, and next-generation enterprise applications. He sits on the board of directors for Intel Capital portfolio company LISNR and provides support for Mark One. Prior to joining Intel Capital, Sunil led investments at Mirador Capital and Charter Ventures and has worked in product strategy in the Client Computing Group at Intel. Sunil has held board or advisory roles at Ellie Mae (NYSE: ELLI), Deem, Sumo Logic, Snowflake Computing, Xensource (NASDAQ: CTXS), Clear Standards (NYSE: SAP), Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK), DATAllegro (NASDAQ: MSFT), Solidcore (NASDAQ: INTC), TeleNav (NASDAQ: TNAV), Winery Exchange, and SysteamUS.
Previously, Sunil spent several years with Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse in M&A and equity financing working with leading technology companies including Cisco, Yahoo, HP, Oracle and Applied Materials, among others. Sunil holds a BS in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.
In this event, a host like myself or an investor will do a fireside chat with each presenter for 25 minutes.